INCORPORATING AVID INTO GEAR UP PROJECTS
AVID drives GEAR UP awardees toward their project goals of increased college-going rates and college readiness.
AVID provides meaningful and motivating professional development in proven, research-based instructional methodologies and best practices to educators who provide academic and social support to students.
AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap for all students. AVID students are more likely to take rigorous courses, complete their college eligibility requirements, and get into four-year colleges than students who do not participate in AVID.
AVID has demonstrated success with low-income student populations. In fact, 66% of AVID secondary students are economically disadvantaged, yet 93% of AVID students complete course requirements for admission to a four-year college or university.
AVID students persist in college at rates that outpace peers and national cohorts overall, with 85% of AVID students persisting into their second year of college compared to 78% overall nationally, as recorded by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC).
GEAR UP Partnership Goals
AVID Supports Partnerships to Achieve Goals
- Encourage student enrollment in rigorous curricula and coursework; increase the academic performance of participating students
- AVID places students in college-preparatory classes (including honors and Advanced Placement® classes) and provides them with a scaffold of social and academic structures to help them succeed.
- Students participating in AVID are almost twice as likely to take Advanced Placement (AP®) tests—65% compared to 36% nationwide.
- AVID students are more likely to take algebra in 8th grade—55% compared to 48% nationwide.
- Increase the rate of high school graduation, and applications to and enrollment in a program of postsecondary education
- In 2018, nearly 99% of AVID high school seniors graduated from high school on time; 94% completed four-year college entrance requirements; and 90% of those who applied were accepted to four-year colleges.
- Increase educational expectations for participating students; increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and financing
- AVID provides teachers, school counselors, and administrators with training in college admissions and financial aid processes, and how to inform and support students through these processes.
- AVID teachers work with students and parents to fill out FAFSA applications.
- AVID provides parent and family workshops on the college application process and financial aid.
- AVID helps students understand why they need school and how school relates to careers. AVID teaches students how to set and achieve goals, and how to study and learn.